Rooster raised in urban agriculture setting. (Copyright IStock)City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. Explore information and tools on urban agriculture.
Urban Agriculture Toolkit ( PDF | 8.7 MB )
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The toolkit identifies and describes technical and financial resources developed by urban farmers, federal and city government agencies, and local organizations that address considerations for new urban farmers. Key resources include: Business Planning/Risk Management; Land Access; Soil Quality; Water Access/Use; Accessing Capital and Financing; Infrastructure; Production Strategies; Market Development; Training and Mentoring; and Safety and Security.
Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook
Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
The Handbook provides guidance on developing a business plan for the startup and operation of an urban farm, including defining marketing, operating, and financial strategies. It focuses on the use of brownfields or vacant sites to help address food access, neighborhood blight, or community development challenges. Includes Urban Farm Business Plan Worksheets.
National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
"[A]ccess to land, capital, and markets is creating the necessary environment for farmers to manage a profitable urban farm." This website "provides information and resources specific to urban agriculture. It includes information on community gardens, as well as information for helping urban farmers manage risks associated with farming urban soils."